Kiradech aims to return to winning ways

Fri 07 Nov 2014

Kiradech aims to return to winning ways

Chiangmai, Thailand, November 7: A determined Kiradech Aphibarnrat will do everything he can to win a first Asian Tour title on home soil when he headlines the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT next week.
The reigning Asian Tour number one, who has won two Asian Tour titles in India and Malaysia, has made it his top priority to win in front of his home fans when he tees up at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event from November 13 to 16.
“I’m feeling good and I’m really trying hard to win again. I will try to win until I hold a trophy in front of my family. I love playing in front of the Thai golf fans. All my fans have been monitoring on how I’ve been playing this year and I don’t want to disappoint them in Chiangmai,” said Kiradech.
The 25-year-old will be joined by Major champions Jason Dufner of the United States and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa at the majestic Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai. Title holder Scott Hend of Australia, 2010 Order of Merit winner Noh Seung-yul of Korea and Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng will also be in the elite field.
“It is very good to have all the top players come to Thailand. It gives us the opportunity to play and learn from them. It will also help promote golf in Chiangmai,” said Kiradech.
Winning the Order of Merit crown in 2013 opened many doors for Kiradech but it also gave him added pressure to perform to his best potential.
With three-top 10 results so far this year including a tied runner-up finish at the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup, an event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and JGTO, Kiradech believes he is inching closer to a first win in 2014.
“There’s always a lot of pressure when you are the Asian Tour number one at the age of 24. It is not easy to maintain the form because all the other players are trying to beat you,” said Kiradech.
“I didn’t play well in the beginning of the year but I’m playing better and striking the ball good. There are just days when I can’t sink a putt. I try to do as good as I can. I might win a few tournaments in a row like Scott Hend and Thongchai Jaidee, These things can happen in golf,” he smiled.
The Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai, designed by Ron M. Garl, is located in a valley between mountain ranges in the heart of the San Kampaeng natural forests and boasts of natural beauty.
The Chiangmai Golf Classic is supported by PTT Public Company Ltd, Advanced Info Service Plc, Toyota Motor Thailand Co.,Ltd., Siam Commercial Bank PCL, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Provincial Government of Chiangmai, Chiangmai Provincial Administrative Organisation, The Northern Golf Resort Association, Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Italian-Thai Development PLC, Advanced Information Technology Public Company Ltd, Sport Authority of Thailand, CAT Telecom Public Company Ltd, TOT Public Company Ltd,  Fenix Apparel and Accessories Co. Ltd., Ricoh (Thailand) Limited, Diageo Moet Hennessy Thailand, Panasonic Siew Sales (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Jebsen & Jebsen Technology, Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, Oakley, Furama Chiangmai and Standard Tour Co.,Ltd.
Tickets can now be purchased at Thaiticketmajor at the following price:

Tournament DatesTicket TypesTicket Price*
13 November 2014 (Thursday)Single Day TicketBHT 300
14 November 2014 (Friday)Single Day Ticket
15 November 2014 (Saturday)Single Day TicketBHT 400
16 November 2014 (Sunday)Single Day TicketBHT 500
13 - 16 November 2014Seasonal TicketBHT 800
Other discounts and concessions:

  • Free entry for children 16 years old and below

  • Free entry for senior citizens (60 years old and above)

  • 20% Discount for PTT Blue Card members. Only at Thaiticketmajor counters from now to 12 November

  • 20% Discount for AIS customers (press *545*54#call). Only at Thaiticketmajor counters from now to 12 November

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